Arizona casinos giving unclaimed jackpots to nonprofits

Aug 2, 2017, 12:24 PM

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PHOENIX — A chain of Arizona casinos said Wednesday that it planned to give away unclaimed jackpots to various nonprofit organizations.

“It is our privilege to provide these funds to such incredible nonprofit organizations that benefit the lives of Arizonans,” Kenneth Manuel, CEO of Gila River Gaming Enterprises, said in a statement.

Nonprofits will have to apply to receive a share of the funds. An exact dollar amount was not given, as the company was in its final fiscal quarter and a total was not yet available.

All Arizona-based nonprofits with a 501(c)3 status were eligible to apply, including those within the Gila River Indian Community.

To apply, groups must supply a letter of consideration, a 501(c)3 letter from the IRS, a W-9 tax for and any other information that should be considered.

The submission deadline was Aug. 18.

Interested organizations were told to contact Manuel Hernandez, the community liaison for Gila River Hotels and Casinos. He could be reached by email at or phone at 800-946-4452, extension 7347.

Gila River Gaming Enterprises owns three facilities in the Valley: Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino near Wild Horse Pass Boulevard and Interstate 10, Lone Butte Hotel and Casino near Kyrene Road and the Loop 202 and Vee Quiva Hotel and Casino near 51st Avenue and Estrella Drive.

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Arizona casinos giving unclaimed jackpots to nonprofits